Most of us have had, at some point in our lives, a teacher, a professor, or a mentor who encouraged our participation in active discussion by uttering the ubiquitous phrase, “There are no stupid questions.” Then we grew up and started going to job interviews. In all seriousness, however, if you’re actively seeking employment chances are you’ve run into a few odd interview questions that put that old adage to the test.
Possibly the most difficult interview question to answer is “Tell Me About Yourself?” But if I asked your co-worker to tell me about you, they could easily rattle off several things. During a job interview, you’ll need to overcome the stage-fright associated with answering the “tell me about yourself” question.
Talking on the phone with a stranger can feel awkward to begin with. When you add the pressure of an important job interview, it can become unbearable. You worry about what you going to say because your words are all you have to make a good first impression. That spiffy new outfit you bought to knock their socks off hangs in the closet, your firm handshake is useless (not that your hands aren’t shaking), and your body language is silent. On the phone, your words are all alone. You may needs some phone interview advice.
You may have heard the cliché about “a job interview is not an interrogation.” Well, some statements have reached cliché status because they are so true, so often. But to make sure your next interview is a conversation (and not the dreaded interrogation), what essential interview questions should you ask?
There are many steps to landing your dream job and each is very important. But if your lucky enough to land an in-person interview, the pressure is really on. You have to nail it. Of course, doing so takes a lot of preparation and practice. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a comprehensive, step-by-step interview guide to help you present yourself in the best possible light? Well… YouTern to the rescue!
You’ve done your research, tailored your resume, and applied for that dream job. It all paid off; you’ve got their attention! The good news is you’ve already proven you’re a viable candidate. But next comes the part a lot of people dread, the job interview. If you prepare yourself physically and mentally, you will step into the interview better equipped and more confident to answer the questions you’re asked. But this is not enough by itself. There are a handful of things that interviewers love to hear without prompting – in fact, they don’t even realize they’re looking for some of these key phrases until they hear them.